Stacey Dash, who is an actress and Fox News contributor, had a different take on the Oscar debacle that has Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee boycotting the festivities. Dash took aim at the BET channel, the BET Awards and Black History month, as she finds venues such as these promote segregation instead of integration.
According to MSN News on January 20, Dash, who was on Fox News when pointing the finger at the BET and Black History month, is adamant that people need to make up their mind, it’s either “segregation or integration.” She is glad that the subject of the Academy Awards lacking people of color among the nominees has come to light, but she believes it goes further than this.
According to People Magazine, Dash “slams the Oscar boycott as ludicrous, which is just what she did while on “Fox and Friends” live Wednesday morning. Other headlines sound as if the “ludicrous” was used to bash the Oscars’ for their lack of diversity among nominations.
While she believes this awards show does need to take a look into why there are not more people of color on their list of nominations, she thinks it is ludicrous to boycott the event when there are still events like the BET Awards out there. She also took a swipe at President Obama saying: “What I find astounding is that we’ve had a president who is black in office for the past eight years, who gets most of his funding from the liberal elite in Hollywood. Yet, there are not very many roles for people of color. How can that be? And why is it just now being addressed?”
Most folks just want to see the best actors get nominated no matter what race they represent. The awards are to honor the cream of the crop in entertainment for any given year. Not many would want to see an actor nominated because of their race just as they certainly don’t want to see an actor not nominated because of their race. It should be about the performance, nothing more or nothing less. Basically this is what Dash is promoting.
Dash said if we had a White History month people would be up in arms. The same holds true if you had an all-white channel or all-white awards. Apparently Dash feels that if people truly want to share in awards shows, there should be no race attached.
The “Clueless” actress turned 49 on Wednesday, spending the morning of her birthday chatting with the “Fox and Friends” crew on the curvy coach. She wants to see the entertainment industry get rid of the “double standard,” which is currently in place. That is the way to bring about change, claims Dash.
Steve Doocy said that while the names of members that make up the panel who dish out the Academy Award nominations are kept under wraps, their investigation has suggested the panel is predominately older white males. Dash thinks that needs to change by having a panel that offers more diversity within its members.
Dash, who was suspended last month from Fox News for two weeks after saying she feels that Obama “could give a s***. She said this while discussing Obama’s speech on terrorism, which he had delivered the night before.
It appears that Dash is a little like Donald Trump, as they both say what many people are thinking, but are afraid to voice. She is not the first person to wonder why having a black entertainment venue is fully acceptable, but if you offered a white venue along the same lines that would cause outrage.